Drive 1 & 2 – Big Cat Photo Safari
Our guests arrived at Djuma in great spirit and anticipation for the days ahead. After a quick lunch and briefing, we headed out in search of some big cats.
The bush is extremely dry and the grass is short as a result of the ensuing drought. This makes animal spotting a lot easier. However, the animals all seemed to be in hiding during the windy conditions and we pondered as to why they not out and about.
We followed up on a leopard which was seen briefly but the elusive cat disappeared into a thick bushy area where we could not longer follow.
A call then came on the radio of a lioness on the move with her cubs. We headed in that direction and soon found the lioness with 5 young cubs following her in hot pursuit. Our guests managed to get some great shots as they walked towards us. Our guides made the decision to close the sighting as darkness was falling. We stopped for a sundowner at a nearby waterhole before heading back to the lodge for dinner.
This morning we started our drive where we left the lions yesterday evening and soon found two large male lions moving through the bush with intent. We followed them until they reached 5 lionesses.
Three of the lionesses have cubs, the youngest are 12 weeks old and have only recently been introduced to the pride. We spent over an hour with the pride, two males, five lionesses and eight cubs in total as they lay in some dappled shade and interacted with one another.
The cubs tumbled here and there, stopping for a nap, to suckle, for play or to chew the nearest branch. The large males and females tolerated the cubs, growling and snarling occasionally when the cubs became too excited. Our guests quickly filled their memory cards with huge smiles on their faces.
We then headed back to the lodge for a hearty brunch.